Oil & Gas Development 101 – Frequently Asked Questions

What is hydraulic fracturing? Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a proven technology used for over 60 years. When hydraulic fracturing begins, a mixture of mostly pressurized water, sand, and chemicals is pumped into the formation creating tiny fissures in targeted areas of the source rock. These tiny fissures allow oil and natural gas to escape and flow through piping up to the surface. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) regulates the oil and gas industry and requires that all oil and natural gas producers disclose the chemicals and amount of water used in the process to FracFocus, a free, publicly access ... Read More »

Meet Your Neighbor with Lisha Burnett

My name is Lisha Burnett. I was raised in the south in Atlanta, Georgia and first came to Colorado after college chasing my love for adventure, the mountains and a desire to experience living somewhere new. I’ve been so fortunate to have lived in so many wonderful communities in the west in addition to Denver – places like Park City, Utah; Boise, Idaho; and Silverthorne in Summit County. I went to graduate school at the University of Colorado and now am the proud parent of our first college graduate, who also went to CU. Colorado is truly home for me, my husband and our kids; we try to remember how blessed we are to live in such a special ... Read More »

Meet Your Neighbor with Doug Dennison

Who are you?  Doug Dennison, Environmental/Governmental Affairs Liaison for Bill Barrett Corporation. Describe your job and what makes your work exciting.  The primary focus of my work is to develop and maintain positive working relationships with the local governments and agencies in the areas where we operate. Because of my environmental background, I also have the opportunity to get involved in environmental and regulatory activities. Although not always fun, the current political environment in Colorado definitely makes work exciting. I never know when I am going to get confronted by an activist or concerned citizen. Often thes ... Read More »

Meet Your Neighbor with Shawn Donovan

My name is Shawn Donovan and I’m originally a New Englander. After living in several southern places including North Carolina, Arkansas and Texas, I moved to Colorado in the summer of 2000 to follow my passion for the outdoors and be closer to the mountains I loved growing up. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and began my career in the oil and gas industry shortly thereafter. My work focuses on regulatory and environmental compliance across Calfrac’s unconventional basin operations. Prior to my upstream ventures, I specialized in midstream project design, permitting and ... Read More »

Meet Your Neighbor with Kelli Jo Preston

I’m Kelli Jo Preston, an Iowa-born farm girl, who moved to Colorado at a young age so my parents could find sustainable careers. My love for the environment and outdoors started at a young age. I further pursued this passion by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology from Colorado Mesa University and ultimately a Master’s degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University. Read More »